Batman has an extensive history. Long before Christopher Nolan reimagined Batman as a gritty, conflicted crime fighter, we had the endearingly goofy '60s Batman TV show starring Adam West. In stark contrast to The Dark Knight, Batman was kid-friendly and mother-approved. The series was colorful and campy, and West's Batman was about as silly a depiction as we'll ever see.
Despite all the glitz and glamour of starring in a popular TV show, in many ways, West led a chaotic life. Though his Batman was utterly wholesome, West as a person was an incredibly sexual being, immersing himself in party culture. The contrast is evident enough to leave any West fan baffled.
He Introduced The Boy Wonder To 'Wild Sexual Debauchery'
By the time West landed the role of Batman, he was already 37 years old. He wasn't a senior citizen by any means, but to the 20-year-old Boy Wonder, Burt Ward, West was his mentor. So Ward was always game whenever West wanted to do something. In a radio interview, Ward claimed West was the primary instigator. According to Ward:
When I entered Batman as a naive 20-year-old who had only dated a couple of girls, I met Adam West, who immediately introduced me to the wildest sexual debauchery that you can imagine.
He'd Often Have Quick, Costumed Sex Between Scenes
No matter how early he began sleeping with fans, West also tried to fill his downtime while on set with quickies. Of course, as the star of the show, he was in most scenes, so his breaks were short. This meant when he was fooling around, he was still in costume. According to West, “Because of the physical limitations of the costume, you gotta have quickies.”
So evidently, removal of the suit was not an option.
West Met The Pope While Incredibly Hungover
The night before West was to meet with Pope Paul VI, he got drunk, per usual. The next day, as he was standing in line waiting to see the pope, West realized the severity of his hangover - if he kneeled down to kiss the pope's ring, he likely couldn't stand up afterward. So instead of the customary greeting - and because he thought puking on the pope was impolite - West bowed slightly and shook the pontiff's hand.
Pope Paul VI was a massive fan of Batman and West, however, and he immediately said, "Oh, Signor West - I have seen all of your shows. I love pipistrello [the Italian word for bat]." Isn't this next-level fame?
Women Couldn't Get Enough Of The Suit
Superheroes often strike a heroic pose, which can emphasize certain body parts. According to co-star Burt Ward, “If you look at our show, you’ll see that we always stood with our legs open, our fists on hips, and our bat bulges forward, which had a profound effect on women.” According to Ward, this acted as a "lure for women."